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Digital Book Displays

Digital Book Displays

 

We love seeing (and making) creative book displays highlighting genres or timely topics. Translating that creativity online can be difficult. We’ll look at a WordPress plugin developed by the presenter Jon Lorang which helps you build virtual displays that integrate with your catalog and digital content.

The workshop will explore how to utilize the plugin and discuss the process of creating a WordPress plugin.

Plugin link: https://wordpress.org/plugins/library-bookshelves/

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Original broadcast March 10, 2021 

Presenter ~ Jon Lorang
Jon Lorang is a technomancer at the Guilderland Public Library in upstate New York. He tames all the technology used in the library and sits on two regional advisory councils. He created and maintains the Library Bookshelves plugin and has helped dozens of libraries integrate it into their websites.

Guidelines for Online Writing that Entertains, Educates, Engages, Encourages, and Entices

Guidelines for Online Writing that Entertains, Educates, Engages, Encourages, and Entices

 

Writing online is how you talk to the world; what does your voice sound like? Intelligent, thoughtful, credible, engaging? Something that causes your audience to linger? Read again? Touches friends, co-workers, library customers, and community members? Influences them in positive ways? Successfully promotes your library’s collections, events, and services? Although space is often limited, as is the reader’s attention span, your words have a big impact.

Learn techniques that professional writers use to organize and focus their messages when preparation time is short.

Outcomes:
– Improve the effectiveness of promotional and advocacy online posts.
– Increase the number of people who follow your work.
– Establish a reputation as a credible voice for causes you support.
– Increase your influence beyond your inner circle of friends and family.

 

Original broadcast March 3, 2021 

Presenter ~ Pat Wagner 
Pat Wagner has been a trainer and consultant for libraries since 1978 using e-mail, platforms, and now social media to serve clients across the United States (and the solar system) who she has never met face-to-face.. She presents at state and national library conferences as well as working with libraries of all types from Alaska to Florida. She has been a frequent visitor to Florida libraries and was a facilitator for the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute for several years. Pat focuses on skills needed to support better productivity and workplace relationships, from personnel issues to strategic planning. She is known for her practical and good-humored programs.

 

Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow (4 of 5)

Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow (4 of 5)

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The prospect of technology planning can seem overwhelming and time-consuming, especially for those who work in an already short-staffed library and today in a post-COVID-19 world. You may be thinking:

  • We haven’t had a technology plan up to now, and things seem fine. Why change?
  • There’s not enough money to add new equipment, so why should we even bother with planning for technology?
  • Let’s just continue to deal with technical issues as they arise.
  • It’s easier to “go with the flow” and buy new technology when we have some extra funds.
  • The city’s (or county’s or school district’s) IT department handles technology for our library, so we don’t need to worry about it.

Such thinking will prevent your library from becoming all that it might be. In truth, creating and implementing a technology plan can help you open the door to the modern era. Sound planning can lead to increased funding for technology in your library. Most importantly, a solid technology plan can help you create an environment that truly meets the needs of the community your library serves.

Lofty goals? Maybe so, but this is 100 percent true. Having a plan will allow you to prepare for the future instead of merely reacting to technology crises. Determining the technological needs of the library and its users will equip you with the ability to better use existing funds.

During this series, attendees will develop and work to implement a custom technology plan for their library or department. 

With the help of author Diana Silveira, attendees analyze the library’s current technology, understand their community and staff needs, develop a budget, and create a practical, comprehensive plan for them to implement. 

Diana Silveira is a librarian and President of Novare Library Services, where she works with libraries to develop, implement, and utilize technology effectively. Previously, she was employed by the Tampa Bay (FL) Library Consortium and the Charlotte Mecklenburg (NC) Library. She has an MLIS from UNC-Greensboro and a BS in psychology from Catawba College. Her book, Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow, published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2018, is now available.

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In partnership with PLAN,  webinars originally presented to their membership can now be found and accessed through Florida Library Webinars.

If you have questions about a session, contact PLAN.

Website Content Strategy

Website Content Strategy

 

 

Does your website have content that is complicated, outdated, or irrelevant? Content strategy provides us with a set of principles, tools, and processes to sustain useful, usable, and findable content.

In this presentation, learn how to identify content challenges, create content principles and style guides, and establish workflows to support the entire lifecycle of your web content.

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Original broadcast February 24, 2021 

Presenter ~ Rebecca Blakiston
Rebecca Blakiston is User Experience Strategist at the University of Arizona Libraries. She manages a small yet mighty team that empowers staff with the tools to make data-informed, empathy-driven decisions. Her team facilitates workshops, provides consultation, and partners with staff on projects of all types. In 2016, Rebecca was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker. She wrote two practical guides for librarians: Usability Testing (2014) and Writing Effectively in Print and on the Web (2017). Since 2018, she’s been editor-in-chief of Weave: Journal of Library User Experience.

Prezi – Advanced Tactics

Prezi – Advanced Tactics

 

Prezi has come a long way from swirling zooming animations. Now you can add audio, voice, and video.

In this webinar you will learn how to:
– Find your old Prezis and update them
– Use Prezi templates and story blocks to create dynamic presentations that can stand alone or be used with Zoom and other online meeting platforms.
– Create a Prezi presentation or video from scratch and include audio, voice, and video
– Build Prezi Design infographics, reports, and maps and with built-in images, videos, and GIFs.

 

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Original broadcast February 17, 2021 
 
Presenter ~ Kira Smith
Kira Smith currently works at TBLC as a virtual reference provider for Ask A Librarian and helps coordinate the statewide delivery service. She has a Master’s Degree in Library Science and Education. Kira is a former elementary school teacher and childbirth educator. She has lived in New York, Louisiana, Texas, and Florida. She enjoys teaching, technology, and travel.
Free Online Tools to Increase Your Workflow and Productivity

Free Online Tools to Increase Your Workflow and Productivity

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Have you ever found a tool or service that made you go “AHA!?” Are there little gems that make your life so much easier that you wonder how you lived without them?

This informative webinar is filled with online (and free!) tools that can help you improve your how you work.

Come discover a plethora of online tools that you probably haven’t heard of but will be glad that (now) you have.

Laura Solomon, MLS, is the Library Services Manager for the Ohio Public Library Information Network and a W3C-certified front-end web developer. She has been doing web development and design for more than twenty years, in both public libraries and as an independent consultant. She specializes in developing with Drupal. She is a 2010 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. She’s written three books about social media and content marketing, specifically for libraries, and speaks nationally on both these and technology-related topics. As a former children’s librarian, she enjoys bringing the “fun of technology” to audiences and in giving libraries the tools they need to better serve the virtual customer.

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In partnership with PLAN,  webinars originally presented to their membership can now be found and accessed through Florida Library Webinars.

If you have questions about a session, contact PLAN.

Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow (4 of 5)

Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow (3 of 5)

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The prospect of technology planning can seem overwhelming and time-consuming, especially for those who work in an already short-staffed library and today in a post-COVID-19 world. You may be thinking:

  • We haven’t had a technology plan up to now, and things seem fine. Why change?
  • There’s not enough money to add new equipment, so why should we even bother with planning for technology?
  • Let’s just continue to deal with technical issues as they arise.
  • It’s easier to “go with the flow” and buy new technology when we have some extra funds.
  • The city’s (or county’s or school district’s) IT department handles technology for our library, so we don’t need to worry about it.

Such thinking will prevent your library from becoming all that it might be. In truth, creating and implementing a technology plan can help you open the door to the modern era. Sound planning can lead to increased funding for technology in your library. Most importantly, a solid technology plan can help you create an environment that truly meets the needs of the community your library serves.

Lofty goals? Maybe so, but this is 100 percent true. Having a plan will allow you to prepare for the future instead of merely reacting to technology crises. Determining the technological needs of the library and its users will equip you with the ability to better use existing funds.

During this series, attendees will develop and work to implement a custom technology plan for their library or department. 

With the help of author Diana Silveira, attendees analyze the library’s current technology, understand their community and staff needs, develop a budget, and create a practical, comprehensive plan for them to implement. 

Diana Silveira is a librarian and President of Novare Library Services, where she works with libraries to develop, implement, and utilize technology effectively. Previously, she was employed by the Tampa Bay (FL) Library Consortium and the Charlotte Mecklenburg (NC) Library. She has an MLIS from UNC-Greensboro and a BS in psychology from Catawba College. Her book, Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow, published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2018, is now available.

Class Resources

Slides

Chat Log

In partnership with PLAN,  webinars originally presented to their membership can now be found and accessed through Florida Library Webinars.

If you have questions about a session, contact PLAN.

Instagram – How to Use Stories, Reels, and Other Features to Drive donations and Raise awareness

Instagram – How to Use Stories, Reels, and Other Features to Drive donations and Raise awareness

 

Currently 1 billion people use Instagram, 35% of online adults use Instagram and 71% of U.S. businesses use Instagram.With hundreds of thousands of brands, nonprofits, and organizations creating accounts on Instagram, how can your group cut through the clutter and stand out? Whether your library is large or small, has a huge online presence or is just starting out, we will show you how to use Instagram to connect with stakeholders, tell powerful stories, and raise awareness about your programs and events. Join Julia Campbell, a digital marketing strategist who has successfully helped dozens of nonprofits and libraries use Instagram in their marketing and fundraising departments. In this webinar, we will walk you step-by-step through actionable ways to improve your Instagram profile, how to use Instagram to promote your online fundraising campaigns, and how to create the best types of Instagram posts that increase awareness, raise money, and build an engaged following of supporters and fans. You will leave with lots of ideas and tactical action steps for using Instagram to promote your library. During This Webinar You Will Learn: – How to get more followers on Instagram – How to use video on Instagram – How to use Instagram’s Stories and Reels to showcase your mission and impact – How to use Instagram contests to build your following and increase engagement – A review of some free and low-cost tools that nonprofits can use to create great visuals and graphics to post on Instagram.

Original broadcast February 10, 2021

Presenter~ Julia Campbell
Julia Campbell has a long history of helping nonprofits find success using digital storytelling strategies. After 10 years in the nonprofit sector as a small shop development and marketing director, she founded J Campbell Social Marketing, a boutique digital marketing agency based north of Boston. Julia received her Bachelor’s in Journalism & Communications from Boston University and earned a Master in Public Administration from Old Dominion University as well as a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Tidewater Community College. A Boston native, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, a mother of two, and a lover of activism and social causes, Julia helps nonprofits build movements and connect with supporters by effectively harnessing the power and potential of online marketing and social media tools. Julia’s clients include small community-based nonprofits and large universities. She also offers small group coaching sessions, workshops & seminars and online trainings. The author of Storytelling in the Digital Age: A Guide for Nonprofits, Julia’s blog about online fundraising and nonprofit technology is #3 on the Top 40 Nonprofit Marketing Blogs and Websites for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraisers and is consistently featured in the list of Top 150 Nonprofit Blogs in the world. Julia has been featured on Maximize Social Business, About.com, MarketWatch, Alltop, Salon, Social Media Today, Forbes and Business 2 Community.

Re-Thinking Online Reference: Providing Online Reference Services and Resources to Students and Faculty During COVID-19

Re-Thinking Online Reference: Providing Online Reference Services and Resources to Students and Faculty During COVID-19

 

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has required reference and instruction librarians at FIU to approach reference services with flexibility and creativity in order to ensure that students and faculty continue to receive the high level of service they expect. While additional online resources have made it easier to connect users with the information they need, librarians providing online reference using these resources need to be aware of the limitations and regulations governing these collections, adding another level of expertise to the mix.

This webinar will discuss the changes to reference FIU has made in order to adapt to COVID-19 and student/faculty needs, including going over how moving to an online-only reference model has affected the types of resources we can suggest. In addition, Elana will talk about how access to free resources made available by publishers to help augment electronic collections must be considered when providing reference services.

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Original broadcast February 3, 2021 

Presenter ~ Elana Karshmer
Elana Karshmer, Ph.D., M.A. (L.I.S.) is the Head of Information & Research Services at Florida International University in Miami, Florida

Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow (2 of 5)

Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow (2 of 5)

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The prospect of technology planning can seem overwhelming and time-consuming, especially for those who work in an already short-staffed library and today in a post-COVID-19 world. You may be thinking:

  • We haven’t had a technology plan up to now, and things seem fine. Why change?
  • There’s not enough money to add new equipment, so why should we even bother with planning for technology?
  • Let’s just continue to deal with technical issues as they arise.
  • It’s easier to “go with the flow” and buy new technology when we have some extra funds.
  • The city’s (or county’s or school district’s) IT department handles technology for our library, so we don’t need to worry about it.

Such thinking will prevent your library from becoming all that it might be. In truth, creating and implementing a technology plan can help you open the door to the modern era. Sound planning can lead to increased funding for technology in your library. Most importantly, a solid technology plan can help you create an environment that truly meets the needs of the community your library serves.

Lofty goals? Maybe so, but this is 100 percent true. Having a plan will allow you to prepare for the future instead of merely reacting to technology crises. Determining the technological needs of the library and its users will equip you with the ability to better use existing funds.

During this series, attendees will develop and work to implement a custom technology plan for their library or department. 

With the help of author Diana Silveira, attendees analyze the library’s current technology, understand their community and staff needs, develop a budget, and create a practical, comprehensive plan for them to implement. 

Diana Silveira is a librarian and President of Novare Library Services, where she works with libraries to develop, implement, and utilize technology effectively. Previously, she was employed by the Tampa Bay (FL) Library Consortium and the Charlotte Mecklenburg (NC) Library. She has an MLIS from UNC-Greensboro and a BS in psychology from Catawba College. Her book, Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow, published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2018, is now available.

Class Resources

Slides

Chat Log

In partnership with PLAN,  webinars originally presented to their membership can now be found and accessed through Florida Library Webinars.

If you have questions about a session, contact PLAN.